Youth News for June 7, 2013

Area pair to represent La. in national Ford auto contest

The team of Forrest Bellue, 17, of Denham Springs, and Tyler Palmer, 18, of Holden, will compete Tuesday in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Finals at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. Instructor Van Guarino will accompany the pair.

In April, this team from the Livingston Parish Technology Center outlasted eight other student teams from across Louisiana to win the 2013 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills State Hands-On Championship. At nationals, they will face off against 49 other teams from around the country in a timed competition during which they are required to diagnose and repair a set of “bugs” in a 2013 Ford Explorer XLT. The team with the best combined written test and hands-on competition scores wins the national title.

Masons honor honesty

Istrouma Masonic Lodge No. 414 honored Rebecca Fennell and Joseph Rabb, both students from First Christian Church of Disciples, with Honesty and Integrity awards.

Fennell, 16, of The Runnels School in Baton Rouge, is the daughter of David and Lisa Fennell.

Rabb, 15, of Dutchtown High School in Geismar, is the son of George and Carol Rabb.

Art studies to continue

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts recently offered these highlights from its Class of 2013:

  • Angelique Montes, a classical instrumental student from New Orleans, will be attending Oberlin Conservatory of Music on scholarship continuing her studies on the cello. She also was selected as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America and is touring the world this summer.
  • Miles Berry, a jazz student from Mandeville, is part of the 2013 Thelonious Monk National Performing Arts High School All-Star Jazz Sextet as saxophonist and sole member from Louisiana. He plans on attending The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. Miles is also the 2013 recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award.
  • Sandy Osgood, a culinary arts student from Gretna who attended Belle Chase High School, plans to fulfill his dream of becoming a chef by attending Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island on scholarship.
  • Rickey Watson Jr., a drama student of LaPlace who attended East St. John High School, plans on studying acting at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
  • Leigh Vila, a creative writing student from Metairie who did her academic studies at Haynes Academy of Advanced Studies, is a National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Competition finalist and will attend Yale University in the fall. As an artist, she has received several national awards from the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and was recognized at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
  • Emmanuel Chastain, of Independence, faced many challenges with transportation to and from NOCCA, but was still able to achieve his goal of concluding his filmmaking and digital recording studies at NOCCA. Now, he plans to continue work on his own music and production. He will be enrolling at Southeastern Louisiana University.
  • Malerie Dempster, of Luling, has been dancing since she was a toddler. She has been accepted to the prestigious arts conservatory of The Ailey School/Fordham University. She is one of only 40 students nationally accepted into this professional dance university program.

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